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Republique du Côte d'Ivoire


Explore the Republique du Côte d'Ivoire—the Ivory Coast—as this West African country is known in English. The Ivory Coast is an excellent place to discover Africa's history, art and culture. The tense political situation has unfortunately made it difficult to take advantage of all that the country has to offer. The Ivory Coast is blessed with some fantastic natural beauty, including three listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Ivory Coast borders the North Atlantic Ocean’s Gulf of Guinea in the South, with Ghana, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Mali as its neighbours. Prior to European colonisation, this region was home to several states and kingdoms. In 1844, Côte d'Ivoire became a protectorate of France and later a French colony. Although maintaining close ties with France, it gained independence in 1960.

The country’s wealth is based on its coffee and cocoa production. However, Côte d'Ivoire went through an economic crisis in the 1980s, leading to a period of political and social turmoil. The capital is Yamoussoukro (population 295 500), with Abidjan (population over 5 million) being the largest city, commercial and banking centre